Cathedral

Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org

Admissions

 In-Year Admissions for 2020 - 2021 Academic Year Only 

The following applications will be treated as In-Year Admissions during 2020-21:

  • applications for admission to Reception which are received after 1st September 2020
  • all other applications for admission to Year 1 to Year 6 (late applications for reception 2020 can still be made via your home local authority until 31st August 2020).

Cathedral Primary School is a very oversubscribed school and we do not have any vacancies in any year group. You are welcome to make an application to go onto the waiting list for the relevant year group for the 2020/21 academic year only. In line with the School Admissions Code we are unable to give parents/carers any indication as to the likelihood of being able to offer a place and for this reason we are unable to offer individual visits to the school. If you are offered a place then we will arrange a meeting for you to come into school.

Priority will not be given on the basis of the date an application was added to the list. There is no advantage to making an application early. All applications are ranked in line with the over-subscription criteria, in order of priority, as set out in the published admission arrangements 2020/21. Each time a new applicant joins, the waiting list is re ranked in line with the over-subscription criteria, in order of priority, as follows;

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children;
  2. Children with a sibling on roll at Cathedral Primary School at the time of application;
  3. Children of staff;
  4. Children by random allocation living in Bristol Postcode areas BS1 to BS16
  5. Other children by random allocation not living in Bristol Postcode areas BS1 to BS16

A full copy of the determined admission arrangements 2020/21 can be viewed here

Who can apply

Applications will be accepted for children who meet one or more of the following:

  • they are resident in the UK
  • they hold full British Citizen Passports
  • they are from countries whose passports have been endorsed to show that they have the right to abode in this country
  • they are from the European Economic Area (EEA).

Applications for children who do not meet one of the above will not be accepted until the child is in this country.

Waiting lists are terminated at the end of the academic year. Applications submitted in previous years do not carry forward into the next academic year.  If you have previously submitted an in year application and were unsuccessful in gaining a place at the school, you will need to submit a new 2020/21 application. 

If you wish to make an in year application please complete the online form below. Alternatively, you may request a hard copy from admissions at the school. Please read the admission arrangements before completing an application.

In Year application form 2020/21 

Determined Admission Arrangements 2020/21 

On receipt of your application we will write to you, usually within 5 school working days, with the outcome of your application. If we are unable to offer you a school place, you will have the opportunity to request to go on the waiting list for the duration of the 2020/21 academic year and/or appeal for a school place. Please note there are changes to the appeal process during the coronavirus outbreak.

For information about the formal appeal process, please read the document(s) below;

In Year Appeal Guidance

Updated Appeal Guidance - Coronavirus

     

    For further information please contact admissions@cathedralschoolstrust.org

     Reception Places 2021 - Applications do not open until September 2020

    If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, you must apply for a new reception school place. 

    All applications for Cathedral Primary School are made on the common application form (CAF) via your home local authority (this is where you pay your council tax).

    School Admissions information is available on-line at www.bristol.gov.uk/schooladmissions for parents/carers to view and download.  

    The CAF will be available from mid September and will close by midnight on January 15th 2021. It is not necessary to complete any supplementary information forms (SIF) if you wish to choose Cathedral Primary School as a preference of primary school for your child.

    All applications for places at Cathedral Primary School are considered against the oversubscription criteria, in order of priority, as set out in the published admission arrangements 2021/22. 

     Determined Admission Arrangements 2021 - 2022 

    Cathedral Schools Trust is the admission authority for Cathedral Primary School who have determined (agreed) the admission arrangements for children who will be admitted to the school at the normal point of entry for September 2021. 

    Determined Admission Arrangements 2021 - 2022

     Visiting Cathedral Primary School
    We usuallly hold Parent Tours once a week between September and January, but due to the current COVID-19 situatuaion this is under review.  
    We will be guided by the latest government health and safety advice for schools and update this section when possible.  
    If you need more information please contact us on: admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org 
     Latest Information for Reception 2020 


    April 16th 2020 -
    National Offer Day - all offers of a primary school place are made by your home Local Authority not the school. 

    Your home local authority will endeavour to give you an offer of a school place that is your highest preference based on your choices submitted on the common application form, where there is a place available.

    Cathedral Primary School has 60 places available for Reception 2020 entry.

    We have received 274 on-time applications for the 60 places available and therefore we are unable to offer places to every applicant who applied.

    How have the 60 places been allocated for Reception September 2020? 

    The Special Educational Needs team at Bristol City Council have not requested any places are reserved for children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). 

    Therefore, all 60 places have been allocated by applying the oversubscription criteria, in order of priority, as set out in the published admission arrangements 2020/21 for the 1st round of allocation: 

    1. ‘Looked after’ children or ‘previously looked after’ children - 1 place
    2. Children with a sibling on roll at CPS at the time of application - 27 places
    3. Children who are a son/daughter of CPS member of staff - none
    4. Children by random allocation who live in Bristol postcode areas BS1 to BS16  - 32 places
    5. Children by random allocation who live outside Bristol postcode areas BS1 - BS16  - none

    What you need to do now

    Parents and carers must reply to offers by April 30th 2020.

    You should either:

    • accept the place by logging in to the admissions system of your home local authority and placing a tick in the ‘accept’ box, before clicking send response.
    • not accept the place and ask to go on a waiting list for a school that you applied for but did not get offered a place.  
    • not accept the place and request an appeal for your preferred school.
    • not accept the place and request new school preferences.
    • not accept the place and advise us that the place is no longer required for example if your child will be attending an independent school.

    Please refer to the School Admissions website of your home local authority, e.g. Bristol City Council, South Glos, North Somerset for information about primary admissions.

    For information about appealing for Cathedral Primary School please refer to our Appeals Page.

     Key Dates for Admissions - 2019-2020

     

    13th September 2019

    • Common application form (CAF) opens via your home local authority

    Midnight on 15th January 2020

    • Closing date for all applications via the CAF.

    16th April 2020

    • Offers of a primary/infant school place made to parents/carers resident in Bristol will be sent by first class post. If you applied online you will also be sent an email on the 16 April 2020.

    By 1st May 2020

    • Parents and carers to respond to the offer of a school place

    From late June/early July 2020

    • Appeals will take place.
     Admission Arrangements 2020 - 2021

     

    Determined Admission Arrangements 2020-2021  

    Cathedral Schools Trust is the admission authority for Cathedral Primary School who have determined (agreed) the admission arrangements for children who will be admitted to the school at the normal point of entry for September 2020.

    Determined Admission Arrangements 2020-2021

     

    A report on the on the outcome of the admission consultation for schools within the trust who consulted on their admission arrangements, summarising the responses we received and explaining the decisions reached by the Trust is also attached to this email.  

    Admissions Consultation Report

     Admissions FAQ

     

    1. How do I apply for a Reception place for my child for September 2020?

    • Complete the common application form (CAF) via your home local authority by the specified deadline selecting Cathedral Primary School as a preference. It is not necessary to complete any supplementary information forms to the school.

    2. Will Cathedral Primary School know my preference choices on the CAF?

    • No. Cathedral Primary School will not know the preference choices of primary schools made by parents/carers to their home local authority, including where parents/carers have placed CPS on the form. Only the local authority knows this.
    • The local authority will endeavour to offer you a primary school place at your highest preference where there is a place available. Remember your highest preference may not be your first preference.

    3. When will I know if my child has been offered a place?

    • Offers of places for September 2020 are made by your home local authority on 16th April 2020, which is the national offer date for primary school places.

    4. Does gaining a place at Cathedral Primary School give my child a higher priority for a place at Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) in the future?

    • Following the consultation during 2018/19, BCCS governors agreed to name Cathedral Primary School as a feeder school. For further information please see the Consultation Report.

    5. What is the catchment area?

    • All applications for places are considered under the published admissions criteria, in order of priority, including random allocation to those living in the following Bristol postcode areas BS1 to BS16. For further information please see the Consultation Report.

    6. Do I need to go to church to get a place for my child?

    • No. The CPS admission arrangements do not have a faith-based criterion. We accept applications from families of all faiths and none.

    7. Does my child have to be good at music to secure a place?

    • No. Music will be important in the life of the school, but the CPS admission arrangements do not have a music-based criterion.

    8. Is distance from the school a factor in gaining a place?

    • No. Proximity to the school is not an oversubscription criteria. All applications for places are considered against the published admissions criteria.

    9. If I have a child at Bristol Cathedral Choir School or Cathedral Primary School, will his/her younger sibling have priority for a place at Cathedral Primary School?

    • Following the consultation during 2018/19, CPS governors agreed that priority will be given to children who have a sibling on roll at CPS at the time of application. Priority will not be given to those applicants who have a sibling on roll at BCCS at the time of application.

     Appeals

    For information on Appeals, please go to our Appeals page under 'About Us'.

     Click on the links below to view our Admission Arrangements

    Determined Admission Arrangements 2020-2021

    Determined Admission Arrangements 2019-2020